Written by Chris Bowling
The Big Boats raced last Sunday. This race was a replacement for the cancelled race two weeks ago. The forecast light sea breeze arrived pretty much on time but stayed below 10 knots, with holes. Just enough to race. Two boats raced - Corinna and Chenonceau. By agreement we decided no spinnakers.
Race 1 was to go around Shark island and return. Corinna went east and picked up a private puff to gain a good lead. In the light going we chose to shorten course to round the Point piper mark and run back to Clark to re-start. Chenonceau closed part of the gap on the run but Corinna had a clear win.
In race 2 it was Chenonceau who went east and found the shift, giving her about a two minute lead at the island. Corinna gave chase on the run, going wide into the middle of the harbour, and at one point looked to have taken back the lead. But on the final part of the run Chenonceau had a good angle while Corinna had to run square, so Chenonceau pulled away again to a 100 metre win.
Honours equally divided on a pleasant winter afternoon.